Lockheed Martin has named Jeff Babione as the new executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 Program, effective January 1, 2016.
Babione succeeds Lorraine Martin who has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy executive vice president, Mission Systems and Training (MST), the company said in a statement Friday.
As head of Lockheed Martin's F-35 team, Babione will lead development, production, and sustainment efforts across the three F-35 variants for 13 military services in nine partner countries. Under his leadership, the F-35 team will focus on completing the System Development and Demonstration Program, ramping up production and supporting the Initial Operational Capability of the US Air Force in 2016 and the U.S. Navy in 2018.
Babione has been with Lockheed Martin for nearly 23 years and has served as the F-35 deputy, vice president and general manager since 2013. Prior to joining the F-35 Program, he was vice president and general manager of the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group, where he was responsible for all aspects of the development, manufacturing, and sustainment of the F-16 and F-22 programs.
Babione holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.